Born to an alcoholic father and a fanatically religious mother, Ed Gein suffered heavy psychological and physical abuse at the hands of his parents. Born in 1906 in Plainfield, Wisconsin, Ed Gein was an American murderer who caused widespread panic after authorities discovered Gein’s possessions: four noses, nine masks made of human skin, numerous decapitated heads, lampshades, bowls made of skin, and lips being used as a “pull” on a window shade. Gein later admitted to two murders and claimed that most of the items had come from late-night cemetery raids.
After he had been discovered for his inhumane crimes, Gein was found to be mentally incompetent and therefore unfit to stand trial. He was sent to the Central State hospital for the Criminally Insane and later transferred to the Mendota State Hospital in Wisconsin. He was declared fit to stand trial ten years later and was found guilty of first-degree murder, but since he was legally insane he was sent back to a mental facility. The infamous Ed Gein inspired the nature of characters such as Norman Bates (Psycho), Leatherface (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) and Buffalo Bill (The Silence of the Lambs).

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